“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”
- James Baldwin
At Austin College, history is a living discipline, a series of ongoing interpretations and arguments that inform how we understand the world around us, how we got to where we are – and even who we are.
Developing our knowledge of diverse cultures and perspectives, we build widely valued critical skills through our examination of how the world has changed and continues to change.
In studying the past, we set our students on the path to future success.
I can’t imagine a better place to receive a liberal arts education than Austin College. I was always planning to be a history major. But Hunt Tooley’s classes were so intellectually inspiring that I started reading some philosophy. Part way through my junior year, I realized that I wanted to major in philosophy, too. The… [Read More]
Majors: History & Philosophy J.D., Harvard University Attorney, Mosaic Family Services Alison worked as a clerk in the Alaska Supreme Court before becoming a public defender in Alaska. From there, she was a Special Project Attorney for Disability Rights Texas. She is currently a staff attorney for Mosaic Family Services, which provides legal services in… [Read More]
Major: History, with a minor in Spanish Communications, Community Organizing, and Event Planning for Western Native Voice “Humanities courses, including history, philosophy, and foreign language, helped me gain an understanding of systems both in historical and cultural contexts. My professors at Austin College provided me the tools to think critically, assess needs of others as… [Read More]
Major: History, minor in Chemistry M.A., East Carolina University, Maritime Studies Maritime Archaeologist, US Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center “My history major, especially training in writing, is what got me a spot at one of the top archaeology grad schools in the country. Additionally, as a chemistry minor (a possibility at a liberal arts… [Read More]
Jennifer Wenzel ’90 completed majors in history and English at Austin College, and her career is an excellent response for the common question of what graduates do with an English career. A member of the faculty at Columbia University, Jennifer travels, teaches, and brings ideas to the top so others may also learn. She is… [Read More]